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Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars

February 26, 2020

This report examines the state of federal civil rights protections for incarcerated women to explore women’s experiences while incarcerated. It covers a range of issues incarcerated women face, including access to healthcare, prevention of sexual assault, discipline and segregated housing, parental rights, and availability of programming. The report provides examples of prison administrations seeking to address these issues and it evaluates the response of the federal government. The Commission’s research includes examination of high rates of a history of trauma reported by incarcerated women, as well as policies responsive to this trauma. The report also offers recommendations to Congress and the executive branch.

Report: Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars (PDF)

Report Press Release (PDF)

Public Comments

February 22, 2019 Briefing:

Agenda (PDF)

Transcript (PDF)

Panelists’ Written Statements


Please note that the videos below use auto generated closed captioning technology.

Video of Morning Session (YouTube)

Video of Afternoon Session (YouTube)

Video of Public Comment Session (YouTube)

   Updated: February 26, 2020